11/07/2007

N.M. officer finds stolen police gear during traffic stop

The Albuquerque Tribune

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Albuquerque police arrested a woman after finding stolen police paraphernalia and other goods in her car.

Alana Sandoval, 22, was jailed after being charged Monday with 20 counts including burglary and possession of stolen property.

According to Metro Court documents, police saw Sandoval sitting in a car with a flat tire and three doors open on Story Rock Street Northwest. When the officer approached Sandoval, he said he noticed a tackle box with "APD" written on it and a police officer's metal clipboard and citation book in plain view.

After Sandoval agreed to a search of the car, police said they found duffel bags and backpacks in the rear seat, a crate with file folders containing police forms, a police sergeant's jacket, windbreaker, running shoes and a gas mask.

They also located checkbooks, wallets and other items stolen from cars, as well as a number of garage door openers, the complaint says.

Sandoval later told police an ex-boyfriend, "Ricardo," brought her the goods while she drove the car. She was released Tuesday from Metropolitan Detention Center after posting an $87,500 bond.

Copyright 2007 The Albuquerque Tribune

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